We are fairly new to Florida and have been surprised to see how many of the numerous lakes and ponds are filled with weeds, trash ,unwanted household items and such! There are so many beautiful , large birds here but their places to find food are shrinking daily.The Audubon Society tries to encourage us all to take more care but they aren’t reaching the right people apparently! We will try to do what we can but please if anyone out there has an idea for encouraging more people to clean up the water and food sources around them please write us with your suggestions! Thanks, Toni and Lyle
As you can see we’ve been having fun with Halloween rattles. Our friend, Sonja Sandell designed them and when we saw them on her site we had to have the directions! Its kind of messy work but not too difficult and provided many laughs! If you would like to get the directions please visit her at Sonjasandell.com
What to do when you are bored with election crazies and need something new to do? Dig out an old canvas and look at it upside down and sideways! Somewhere on there I saw eyes and the eyes magically turned into Katz! And more Katz.! Try it with one of your old canvases and let me know when you post it so that I can enjoy your Krazy ideas!
I am celebrating a birthday later this week. Too many years to count! A very large package arrived at the beginning of this month which Toni insisted I open right away even tho it wasn’t the birthday yet! What a packing job! this blue girl is almost 5 ft. tall and has a metal stand. You can imagine the hassle trying to pack it to ship from Longmont, Colorado, the home of Stephanie Hilvitz, the amazing artist who created Ms. Blue! I live in Florida the land of these birds! What a wonderful birthday gift from two of my favorite girls! When you read the labels on the body you can get a clue as to what this beauty has eaten! All healthy food and drink! Ms. Blue is in a prime location as you go in and out of my studio so that all can visit with her. Thank you , Toni and Stephanie! .P.S. rodrigivitz style is steph’s blog. do look there to see her current work!
In 2014 a group of African school girls was kidnapped! There was much public outcry at that time. Today you don’t hear much! They are still gone from their families and their homes! One girl escaped and has given authorities as much info as she could, but no reports of action have come on the news broadcasts!I think of them often as I paint and wonder if anything is being done to find them!
Crows have always intrigued me! In the last few days there have been several perching on the electric wires behind our house .They call back and forth as if talking! I listened and tried to imagine what they were chatting about! Couldn’t figure it out, but thought we all need to listen more so that we can better understand our friends and our foes! In these days of terror around the world perhaps if we listen more we can figure out how to calm things down! tell me what you think!
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Our friend, Stephanie, has been feeling just terrible! When I came upon this picture in my file I thought this must be a picture of how she is feeling! I hope when she sees this pic she will laugh and know that all of us are sending good, healthy thoughts her way!
For some unknown reason I am drawn to Frida Kahlo! Her life was a sad story but her art work was wonderful. This year the New York Botanical Garden held an exhibit of her work. My friend Richard Kapral, a Maine artist, knowing I was interested sent me a catalog from the show. It is actually a book of over one hundred pages about her and showing many pictures of her work. that got me in the Frida mode again and above you see one of several mixed media paintings of her that I have done. For this one I first painted the background then applied a section of a Mexican newspaper showing the womens news! She looks right at home! If you don’t know Frida check her out on your computer. you will find many interesting things! And maybe be inspired as I was!
Some days you just have to doodle! I had a canvas sitting around , partially painted and very uninspiring! One evening I picked it up and saw some faces peeking out! I had a great time finding all those faces and the canvas makes me smile whenever I look at it! Try it! Its fun!